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Child unaccompanied in Clark County gets measles, visits hospitals, Portland airport | News



CLARK COUNTY, OR (KPTV) – Health officials have confirmed a case of measles in Washington and warned people visiting Portland's airport or two area hospitals earlier this month could be exposed.

The case was confirmed by an unidentified child, says Clark County Public Health.

The child is under the age of 11 and returned to Clark County on November 14 after traveling around the world to a country where the measles outbreak occurred.

The boy came to visit. Portland International Airport, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, and Randall Children’s Hospital in Legacy Emanuel while contagious, according to health officials.

People who visited the locations at the following hours may be exposed:

  • Portland International Airport, Concourse E, north end of the lower level, including bathrooms and luggage claims, from 1
    0: 30 a.m. to Thursday, November 14.
  • PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center from 12:45 to 5:05 pm Thursday, November 14.
  • Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel from 11:50 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 to 4:25 pm Sunday, Nov. 17.

The susceptible and exposed ones may have symptoms from November 18 to December 9.

There have been 72 reported cases of measles in Clark County this year, says Clark County Public Health. The virus spreads through the air after a person has a cough or sneeze.

Anyone who believes they have measles symptoms should call their healthcare provider before visiting a medical office to make a plan to prevent exposure to others.

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